Didinga language

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Not to be confused with Lango language (South Sudan) or Lango language (Uganda).
Native toSouth Sudan
RegionDidinga Hills
EthnicityDidinga (Chukudum, Lowudo)
Native speakers
60,000 (2007)[1]
Language codes
ISO 639-3did

The Didinga language (’Di’dinga) is an Eastern Sudanic language spoken by the Chukudum and Lowudo peoples of the Didinga Hills of South Sudan. It is classified as a member of the southwest branch Surmic languages (Fleming 1983). Its nearest relative is Narim.

The New Testament in the Didinga language was dedicated in March 2018.


  1. ^ Didinga at Ethnologue (18th ed., 2015)
  2. ^ Hammarström, Harald; Forkel, Robert; Haspelmath, Martin, eds. (2017). "Didinga". Glottolog 3.0. Jena, Germany: Max Planck Institute for the Science of Human History.

Relevant literature[edit]

  • De Jong, N., 2001. The ideophone in Didinga. Typological studies in language 44, pp.121-138.
  • Fleming, Harold. 1983. "Surmic etymologies," in Nilotic Studies: Proceedings of the International Symposium on Languages and History of the Nilotic Peoples, Rainer Vossen and Marianne Bechhaus-Gerst, 524–555. Berlin: Dietrich Reimer.
  • Odden, David. 1983. Aspects of Didinga phonology and morphology. Nilo-Saharan language studies, pp.148-176.

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